Environment Oregon

The Organization:
Environment Oregon is a statewide, grassroots environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting Oregon’s clean water, clean air, and open spaces. We coordinate with sister organizations across the country to win critical environmental protections at the national level, and work here in Oregon to promote responsible environmental stewardship. Combining independent research, grassroots mobilization, and tough-minded advocacy, our staff stand up to special interests to produce real results for Oregon’s environment.  Environment Oregon draws on 30 years of success in tackling our state’s top environmental problems.

The Campaign:
Environment Oregon is working to harness the power from the sun by passing a series of bills that would help bring 500 times more solar power to the state. These bills would make solar power pencil out for more Oregonians and be the equivalent of covering 250,000 roofs with solar panels. The Oregon State Legislature will meet from February to July of 2015 — if we don’t pass these bills by July, we’ll have to wait another two years before we can try again.

Internship Responsibilities:
The Environment Oregon internship is designed to help train the next generation of Oregon’s environmental leaders by instilling the skills, ethics, and drive it takes to win campaigns. We are looking for people who work hard, communicate effectively, and are dedicated to positive social change; responsibilities include grassroots organizing, media outreach and organizational building. Interns will have the opportunity to develop and execute campaign strategies for winning critical parts of our state-wide efforts.  Specific responsibilities include:

Grassroots Organizing:
1) Identifying and organizing businesses, local leaders, and citizens to promote environmental protections 2) Media outreach: Assist in organizing a press event and writing letters to local papers
3) Collecting petitions, running activist phone-banks, and using our network to pressure on local leaders
directly

Organization Building:
1) News Watch: Track media for stories and opinion pieces relevant to our campaign and organization
2) Donor Research: Identifying strong supporters and building the organization through grassroots outreach 3) Maintaining reports on local political climate, researching opportunities for environmental progress
4) Administrative: Help ensure the office and organization continue to run efficiently

Expectations:
Interns must work a minimum of 10 hours per week for at least 3 months on a regular schedule, as determined at the beginning of the summer. Interns must be on time and prepared. They must be able to work independently as well as in groups. This is an unpaid internship; it may be completed for college credit.

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Portland, OR 97214

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